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Faith and the COVID-19 Vaccine

What is the Nation of Islam and why is Marjorie Taylor Greene praising it?

By Paul O'Donnell — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Anti-vaccine conspiracies and rampant populism represent definite parallels between the Georgia congresswoman's agenda and the Nation's.

Unusual secrecy attends Biden’s first meeting with Pope Francis as president

By Jack Jenkins and Claire Giangravé — October 28, 2021
(RNS) — The unusually veiled meeting is stoking speculation about whether the two will discuss the incendiary debates going on among the U.S. bishops over the second Catholic U.S. president's abortion stance.

Bill would remove ‘conscience’ as basis for refusing vaccine

By John O'connor — October 28, 2021
Long considered a shield for physicians whose religious beliefs precluded their performing abortions, the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act has become a pandemic lightning rod.

It’s official: Rumored October meeting between Biden and Pope Francis is confirmed

By Jack Jenkins — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — It won’t be the first time the two have met, but it will be the first since Biden became president.

Archbishop of the military defends those who refuse vaccines

By Jack Jenkins — October 13, 2021
(RNS) — More than 90% of active-duty Navy personnel and more than 81% of Army and Air Force personnel have already gotten the shots.

Colorado woman who won’t get vaccinated denied transplant

By Patty Nieberg, Thomas Peipert, and Colleen Slevin — October 8, 2021
Even though she has stage 5 kidney disease that puts her at risk of dying without a new kidney, Lutali, 56, said she could not agree to be vaccinated because of the role that fetal cell lines have played in the development of vaccines.

We owe it to the vulnerable to get vaccinated

By Jana Riess — September 21, 2021
(RNS) — Dr. Tyler Johnson says his Mormon religion ‘teaches me I have a moral obligation to seek out facts and to seek to understand the world as it is,’ which means rejecting vaccine conspiracy theories and misinformation.

NY governor vows to fight lawsuit over vaccine mandate

By Marina Villeneuve — September 17, 2021
A group of Christian health care practitioners argue that New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate is unconstitutional.

Largest Catholic parish in US being built in ‘heart of California’s dairy industry’

By Alejandra Molina — September 14, 2021
VISALIA, Calif. (RNS) — ‘It’s the best-kept secret in the nation — little Visalia building the largest parish church in modern U.S. history,’ said the Rev. Alex Chavez.

Donald Trump to join Sean Feucht worship concert on 9/11 at National Mall

By Jack Jenkins — September 10, 2021
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The two-day event is preceded by a daylong summit on Friday at the Trump International Hotel that includes speeches from conservative religious and political leaders.

Jeannie Gaffigan hosts panel urging Catholics to get COVID-19 vaccines

By Renée Roden and Alejandra Molina — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Gaffigan collaborated with Loyola Marymount University to host a panel on Tuesday (Aug. 31) directed specifically at Catholic audiences and featuring several Catholic medical experts.

Judge blocks Western Michigan’s vaccine mandate for athletes

By David Eggert — September 1, 2021
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The four athletes — Emily Dahl, Hannah Redoute, Bailey Korhorn and Morgan Otteson — said they were denied religious exemptions to play without getting a dose.

California, LA County both to pay $400,000 settlement to John MacArthur’s church

By Alejandra Molina — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — This agreement, county officials said, was reached in the context of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in February that told California it couldn’t enforce a ban on indoor worship because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mississippi governor: Christians are ‘less scared’ of COVID

By Emily Wagster Pettus — August 31, 2021
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican governor Tate Reeves said he believes Christians are ‘a little less scared’ of COVID-19 because of their belief in eternal life.

Myanmar says Rohingya minority will get COVID-19 vaccine

By Associated Press — August 30, 2021
BANGKOK (AP) — A spokesman for Myanmar’s military-installed government said Friday that COVID-19 vaccines will be given to members of the country’s persecuted Rohingya ethnic group.
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